Randall BlackUnited States
Great tour. "John" was able to cover all the must see sites and allow us time in market to shop. Highly intelligent but also very personable enjoyed tour and learned a bunch. Highly recommend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! Yes, we had a nice time. All good. Reg. Johan.
David L.Norcross, GA, United States
Johan is a knowledgeable guide to a lovely, historic city. The pattern of this tour was to hear about the sight, then Johan would remain at the car while we walked around for as long as we wished. This was fine for our group, but would not be a match for someone expecting to be accompanied at the sights.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you. Sir, I do not recall everything but does not sound familiar. Where did I remain in car, could you precise a bit? What I do: at Market Place give guests free time to go by themselves to do what they want. Before we separate I show where to meet (a huge obelisk at the centre of the place, can be seen all over). Rock Church and Sibelius monument likewise, I wait close by after having told everything about these places. Because lack of space I stop here, please write. Reg. Johan.
Judith HodgsonUnited Kingdom
Johan managed to provide a last minute replacement due to unforeseen circumstances so we were very grateful for that. He had arranged to collect us from the airport so we could start our tour immediately. Our replacement guide was a lovely gentleman who shared a lot of interesting facts and anecdotes about this charming city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, nice. I let my colleague know this, he will be glad. Reg. Johan.
Johan is a great guide. We booked only three hours but learned a lot about the country and the town. Johan was very flexible and was able to adapt the tour according our interests. Always again and highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Danke schön! Die Gesellschaft macht das! MfG. Johan.
Kitty TollDanville, VERMONT, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! Yes, nice tour, the company means a lot and can be very inspireing. Reg. Johan.
Marie MountUnited States
We really enjoyed our day with Johan in Helsinki - our group consisted of my husband and me (mid 30s) and our two daughters (2 and 7) for the 3 hour tour. Johan kept us all interested and engaged with my older daughter remembering facts that he told her far better than from any other tour we took along this vacation. I highly recommend Johan to any visitors to Helsinki.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! We had all the Queens and Kings from all Nordic countries with our president couple celebrating our 100th year (centennial) of independence these same days. So your daughters were our princesses........ Reg. Johan.
Richard SmithSarasota, FL, United States
Johan was an extremely knowledgeable and gracious host. He took the time to explain the background to what were seeing. He allowed enough time to see the sites and to take pictures. I would highly recommend Johan for an informative and fun overview of Helsinki! He was extremely helpful to the two ladies who had experienced injuries previously and limited their ability to navigate.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, of course extremely nice to hear ! I love my job as a guide, appreciate this. I filled up my first aid kit with plaster, just in case for the future.... Reg. Johan.
Karan M.United States
I want to personally thank Johan and Tours by Locals for a wonderful and educational private tour of Helsinki! Johan was very personable, knowledgeable and professional. He was patient with our inquisitive member, and took care of all of us when the weather turned a bit cold and rainy, even giving us a bit of time to do some shopping! Johan definitely showed us places we would not have seen on a tour bus, and taught us quite a bit about Helsinki, it's history and culture. Recommend highly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! Nice, yes, we had a nice tour but too little time. Welcome again. Johan.
Mary LewisUnited States
On August 17 two friends and I spent a wonderful afternoon with Johann seeing and hearing about the highlights of Helsinki — churches, buildings of state, markets, and neighborhoods with additional stops to take in the physical beauty of the city and its environs, including birds, flowers, and trees (Johann is an arborist).. As a guide Johann was perfect — friendly, knowledgeable, responsive to our questions and most of all, interesting. We recommend him most highly.
Howard KristolUnited States
Johan was very punctual and very knowledgeable. He explained the complicated relationships that Finland has had with Russia, Sweden, and Germany, as well as how the Finnish language is structured, much to our delight. We saw architectural gems and statues/plaques of famous politicians, literary and musical geniuses. We saw Suomenlinna from afar, an artists' colony, went inside the Rock Church, saw Helsinki University and an historical village w/ the oldest trade crossroad in Europe. Just a great tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you !! Nice meeting you, we had some nice discussions and a nice tour! BUT "the old trade crossroad" was Finlands oldest, not Europe´s......sorry my unclear explanation. Hope you had a nice flight back home. All good to you. Reg. Johan.
Marina WheelandUnited States
Johan was great. Made our trip memorable and fun.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! All the best, Johan.
Donna GrehnUnited States
Johan was very knowledgeable and easy to tour with. We would recommend Johan to future travelers.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Donna & co, nice meeting you! Johan.